Guillaume Desport holds the position of Assistant Winemaker Sparkling at Chandon California. His first role in the U.S., he joined the premier sparkling producer in November of 2015. Guillaume works alongside Chandon Winemaker Pauline Lhote to execute all winemaking responsiblities. Born in Bordeaux, Guillaume knew early that his life would be wine-oriented. After earning a degree in biochemistry and graduating from the Oenology Faculty of Bordeaux in 2008, he had the opportunity to work for Chateau Calon Ségur and Chateau Les Carmes Haut-Brion in Bordeaux.
During this time, he worked with renowned winemakers who instilled in him passion, respect for terroir and a sense of detail. Then, Guillaume stepped more into business with an additional year of marketing and management studies in Paris, then developing his skills as manager of an exclusive New World-wine shop.
His desire to make wine remained strong so he went to Yarra Valley in Australia to participate in the 2011 harvest. When he returned to France we returned to the academic side of wine, working for a wine auction house while conducting wine education and wine tours in Champagne. This experience fueled his passion for the region and its wines, leading him to the winemaking team of the renowned Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin and Krug Champagne houses, where he focused on wine communication and eventually to Chandon California. Bon-vivant and rugby enthusiast, Guillaume likes to share joyous moments with his family and friends around a good meal with nice bottles of wine.